Argutes

Bank Exam Current Affairs – 26 November 2021

1. ACROSS Scheme

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the continuation of the umbrella scheme “ACROSS” for the next five years at an estimated cost of Rs 2,135 crore.

The Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS) scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through the India Meteorological Department, National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

Insights

  1. ACROSS pertains to the ministry’s atmospheric science programs and addresses different aspects of weather and climate services.
  2. Each of these aspects is incorporated as eight sub-schemes under the umbrella scheme “ACROSS” and is implemented in an integrated manner through the four agencies.
  3. The objective of the scheme is to provide improved weather, climate, ocean forecast and services, and other hazard-related services to ensure the transfer of commensurate benefits to the end-user.
  4. The scheme will provide improved weather, climate, and ocean forecast and services. This would include warnings for cyclones, storm surges, heatwaves, and thunderstorms.
  5. The whole process from the generation of forecast to its delivery requires considerable manpower at every stage, thereby generating employment opportunities for many people.

2. Exercise Dosti

  1. The 15th edition of the biennial trilateral coast guard exercise ‘Dosti’ involving India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka is underway in the Maldives. 2021 marks 30 years since these exercises were first launched.
  2. Indian Coast Guard vessels, the ICGS Vajra and ICGS Apoorva joined the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, SLCGS Suraksha for the five-day exercise that started on November 20 and will conclude today.
  3. The aim of the India-Maldives-Sri Lanka tri-lateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is to further fortify the friendship, enhance the mutual operational capability, and exercise interoperability, and build cooperation between the Coast Guards of Maldives, India, and Sri Lanka.
  4. India does have these kinds of military exercises with other countries. Sometimes it is multilateral, sometimes it is trilateral.
  5. For many years after it was first launched in 1991, these exercises were bilateral, involving the Indian and the Maldives Coast Guards.
  6. In 2012, however, Sri Lanka joined these exercises for the first time and since then, it has been a trilateral exercise.

3. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: November 25

  1. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is celebrated every year on November 25. According to the United Nations (UN), violence against women and girls manifests in several forms.
  2. The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women was issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993.

4. Abhijit Banerjee

  1. Economist Abhijit Banerjee explores the social dimension of food in his latest book ‘Cooking to Save Your Life’ with grocery runs, dinner parties, and lemon dal.
  2. The book, divided into segments—he calls them chapters—such as soups, vegetables, meats, and more.
  3. The book has illustrations by France-based Cheyenne Olivier and published by Juggernaut Books.

5. HarperCollins India presents RESOLVED

  1. HarperCollins is delighted to publish an extraordinary and inspirational life story, Ban Ki-moon’s personal account of his decade at the helm of the United Nations.
  2. RESOLVED: Uniting Nations in a Divided World is Ban Ki-moon’s personal account of his decade at the helm of the organization during a period of historic turmoil and promise.

6. Tashkent to host 2025 Asian Youth Para Games

  1. The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced that Tashkent, Uzbekistan will host the 2025 Asian Youth Para Games.
  2. The 2021 edition of the Asian Youth Para Games will take place shortly in Bahrain from December 2-6, 2021.
  3. The decision was taken by the APC’s executive board following a bidding process